Tony Arrell

Tony ascribes many of his personal values to his small-town rural background: values built on humility, work ethic, conservatism and philanthropy. Early in his career, he received the mentorship of a great investor and businessman, George Gardiner, which helped form his beliefs on business, investments and people. As a young analyst in his mid-twenties, an encounter with Berkshire Hathaway also contributed to Tony’s philosophy on business and investment analysis. Tony feels very fortunate that he had valuable pre-Burgundy experiences with boards and management of both private and public companies, giving him a useful background for the leadership and development of Burgundy since 1993.

Tony has stayed active in the broader business community throughout his career. Besides his current roles, he formerly served on the board of the Toronto Stock Exchange, St. Michael’s Hospital and was a founding member of the Canadian Coalition of Good Governance. Tony has focused his philanthropic efforts on education, health and the arts. He has dedicated much of his time to the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and his alma mater, the University of Guelph.

Burgundy Experience

  • Joined Burgundy in 1993
  • Previous roles include: Chief Executive Officer

Relevant Experience

  • 50 years of combined professional experience
  • Experience includes positions at: Gardiner Watson Ltd., Wood Gundy, Midland Walwyn Inc.

Education

  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Guelph
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, York University
  • Master of Business Administration, York University
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Guelph

Memberships and Community

  • Member, New York Society of Security Analysts
  • Member, CFA Society Toronto
  • Director and former Chairman, St. Michael's Hospital Foundation
  • Director, former Chairman, and Director of Foundation, Canadian Opera Company
  • Dean's Advisory Council Member, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • Chair of Head's Advisory Council, Bishop Strachan School
  • York University Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership
  • Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service
  • Member of the Order of Canada

POSTS FROM THIS AUTHOR

Lazy Fund Managers

Lazy Fund Managers

The Journal | April 2018

When we started Burgundy 26 years ago we had some basic principles and values in mind. We would aim to make significant investments in well run businesses run by trustworthy, capable ...

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It Is More Than Just Money

It Is More Than Just Money

May 2008

Every year, hundreds of investment management firms are established around the world; only a small percentage of these start-ups are likely to achieve ongoing success — in terms of investment ...

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Great Investors

Great Investors

The View | July 1997

One of the main purposes of The View from Burgundy is to inform our readers of sound investment practices that we think enhance the possibility of long-term success. One of ...

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Performance Killers

Performance Killers

The View | February 1997

The 1990s have been among the best years in history for investors in the capital markets. Yet we know many intelligent people with money to invest who have done much ...

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Berkshire Hathaway’s ’96 AGM

Berkshire Hathaway’s ’96 AGM

The View | June 1996

We attended the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders’ Annual General Meeting held on May 6, 1996 in Omaha. There were a number of subjects of interest that came up during the marathon five-hour question ...

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The Great Investment Verities

The Great Investment Verities

The View | June 1995

We never cease to be astonished at how little time and effort is spent studying the key success factors behind the small number of truly great investors – both past ...

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A Sure Fire Recommendation

A Sure Fire Recommendation

The View | December 1994

Serious students of investing, and particularly those who share Burgundy’s philosophy of investing in undervalued companies with superior fundamentals, should stop worrying about what to ask for as ...

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Bonds – Value Investments?

Bonds – Value Investments?

The View | August 1994

Clients, readers of The View from Burgundy and friends of this firm will know that our approach to investing is to emphasize equities. We look for equities in quality companies ...

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Berkshire Hathaway’s ’94 AGM

Berkshire Hathaway’s ’94 AGM

The View | May 1994

Most people who are readers of The View from Burgundy are quite familiar with Warren Buffett. According to Forbes magazine, he is currently the richest man in America through his ...

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The Market Valuations

The Market Valuations

The View | January 1994

Every once in a blue moon, securities markets go to extremes and currently we appear to have such a situation. Small investors are flocking to stocks, taxi drivers are talking ...

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Investing at Burgundy

Investing at Burgundy

The View | October 1993

The world of investing can be a very lonely place at times. We have learned over the years, however, that successful investors have developed their own philosophy that guides their ...

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The Money Masters

The Money Masters

The View | July 1993

The Money Masters, by John Train, is one of the greatest books that we know of on how money is really made. Train is a successful money manager in his ...

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John Maynard Keynes on “Investing”

John Maynard Keynes on “Investing”

The View | July 1993

In the world of investing, the future is always uncertain. Nearly all successful practitioners of investing that we know of possess a strong philosophy that guides their investment approaches and ...

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The Outside Zebras

The Outside Zebras

The View | April 1993

John Train, in his outstanding book, The Money Masters, relays the following story in his chapter on Ralph Wanger. Wanger, as manager of the well-known Acorn Fund, is a famous ...

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